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In "Another Hamlet" (which includes both his original 30-page 1993 essay and the original screenplay based upon it) Charles Boyle has produced a riveting political thriller that explores the life and tragic death of actor and film-maker, Leslie Howard, a British patriot drawn into a deadly propaganda duel with the Germans. Deftly interweaving the behind-the-scenes politics In "Another Hamlet" (which includes both his original 30-page 1993 essay and the original screenplay based upon it) Charles Boyle has produced a riveting political thriller that explores the life and tragic death of actor and film-maker, Leslie Howard, a British patriot drawn into a deadly propaganda duel with the Germans. Deftly interweaving the behind-the-scenes politics of World War II with the decadent showbiz world of the 1930s-1940s, Boyle makes the tantalizing suggestion that it was Howard s growing conviction that the Earl of Oxford wrote Shakespeare which sealed his doom. From Leslie Howard himself to Humphrey Bogart, Merle Oberon, Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden, and Joseph Goebbels, Boyle brings to life a fascinating and often chilling cast of characters to tell the story of a maverick artist s losing battle with the power-brokers of his age. -- Charles Beauclerk, author of "Nell Gwynn" and "Shakespeare's Lost Kingdom."


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In "Another Hamlet" (which includes both his original 30-page 1993 essay and the original screenplay based upon it) Charles Boyle has produced a riveting political thriller that explores the life and tragic death of actor and film-maker, Leslie Howard, a British patriot drawn into a deadly propaganda duel with the Germans. Deftly interweaving the behind-the-scenes politics In "Another Hamlet" (which includes both his original 30-page 1993 essay and the original screenplay based upon it) Charles Boyle has produced a riveting political thriller that explores the life and tragic death of actor and film-maker, Leslie Howard, a British patriot drawn into a deadly propaganda duel with the Germans. Deftly interweaving the behind-the-scenes politics of World War II with the decadent showbiz world of the 1930s-1940s, Boyle makes the tantalizing suggestion that it was Howard s growing conviction that the Earl of Oxford wrote Shakespeare which sealed his doom. From Leslie Howard himself to Humphrey Bogart, Merle Oberon, Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden, and Joseph Goebbels, Boyle brings to life a fascinating and often chilling cast of characters to tell the story of a maverick artist s losing battle with the power-brokers of his age. -- Charles Beauclerk, author of "Nell Gwynn" and "Shakespeare's Lost Kingdom."

14 review for Another Hamlet: The Mystery of Leslie Howard

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    I've long been interested in the dramatic events surrounding the death of actor Leslie Howard at the hand of the Nazis in World War II. Returning to England from a propaganda trip (and maybe more secret activities) to Portugal, Howard was aboard an unarmed civilian airliner when it was attacked by German fighter-bombers and shot down over the Bay of Biscay. A great deal of discussion over the years has centered upon this attack, with three theories emerging as most prominent: (1.) the attack was I've long been interested in the dramatic events surrounding the death of actor Leslie Howard at the hand of the Nazis in World War II. Returning to England from a propaganda trip (and maybe more secret activities) to Portugal, Howard was aboard an unarmed civilian airliner when it was attacked by German fighter-bombers and shot down over the Bay of Biscay. A great deal of discussion over the years has centered upon this attack, with three theories emerging as most prominent: (1.) the attack was a deliberate attempt to kill Howard, whose propaganda work and films ridiculing the Nazi regime had made him a target, and who may possibly have been carrying out a more secret mission on behalf of his government; (2.) the attack was because the Germans somehow mistakenly believed British prime minister Winston Churchill was aboard the plane (despite the fact that with the might of British air power at his disposal, Churchill was quite unlikely to be flying on an unarmed, unescorted regularly-scheduled passenger flight); or (c.) the attack was nothing more than a bit of Nazi nastiness against a random unarmed target. With ANOTHER HAMLET, Charles Boyle has created not a book but an essay and an essay-derived screenplay of sorts in which he posits the suggestion that something else was afoot -- that England knew the Germans were targeting Howard and his plane, but did nothing to prevent the attack because England either did not want to reveal that it had broken the German code OR that Howard was sacrificed because...wait for it...British higher-ups did not want him to continue spreading the rumor that the plays of Shakespeare had been, in fact, written by the Earl of Oxford instead. Now, putting aside the relative believability of the notion that Winston Churchill and Anthony Eden of the British High Command would let their leading propagandist and a national hero die over who really wrote the Shakespeare plays, one must ask why the author himself believes it is one of the possibilities. That belief, according to Mr. Boyle's essay and unproduced screenplay, stems from the fact that Howard said three or four lines about Oxford writing the plays while playing a secret agent who was pretending to be a British academic nincompoop in a film called PIMPERNEL SMITH. In the film, Howard's character wants the Germans he is interacting with to think he's a bit of an absent-minded professor so when they are questioning him about suspected spy activities, he drones on about trivial academic matters such as who really wrote Shakespeare's plays. On the basis of the lines this character says in his subterfuge, Boyle has created the idea that Oxford-as-Shakespeare was the REAL propaganda Leslie Howard was interested in spreading, and that it is possibly the most important theory explaining Howard's death. I have not delved deeply into the various theories of who really wrote Shakespeare's plays, as I do not care very much who wrote them, since the plays stand as the plays, regardless of the name on the program. I know there is vocal and intense discussion and disagreement about the issue in academic circles and even in the theatre (though I've heard infinitely less about it from actors than I have from professorial types). It's a discussion worth having. Whether it's a discussion that would have allowed great statesmen to permit a national treasure like Leslie Howard to be murdered for is a leap I'm not willing to make. Therefore, while I admire some of the scholarship Mr. Boyle has indulged in, and while I've always believed a good movie about Howard's life and death was both possible and desirable, the excess baggage Mr. Boyle puts on the last flight Howard took forces me, with deep regret, to shoot it down.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elliott

    This may well be among the worst things I have ever paid money for. If, as Charles Boyle claims, he’s been giving talks about Shakespeare, and Edward de Vere supposedly being Shakespeare, and Hamlet then he needs to stop, and if he’s been charging money for these talks he should be sued. There are many egregious lies and distortions within this that they need to be pointed out. In addition the conclusion regarding Leslie Howard’s death is disgusting. But let’s start with the lies: 1.) Leslie How This may well be among the worst things I have ever paid money for. If, as Charles Boyle claims, he’s been giving talks about Shakespeare, and Edward de Vere supposedly being Shakespeare, and Hamlet then he needs to stop, and if he’s been charging money for these talks he should be sued. There are many egregious lies and distortions within this that they need to be pointed out. In addition the conclusion regarding Leslie Howard’s death is disgusting. But let’s start with the lies: 1.) Leslie Howard never went “public” with a “dissenting” view on Shakespeare. A character he played in a film did. 2.) Herman Melville never doubted Shakespeare’s authorship. 3.) Benjamin Disraeli wrote a book where a character doubted that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare. He never did. 4.) Charles Dickens was not a doubter. Oxfordians have deliberately edited a quote by him to make it seem that way. 5.) Charles de Gaulle was never a doubter. 6.) Polonius was not based on Burghley. There are some very vague similarities but Oxfordians are alone in this belief. 7.) The Burghley family is not “still powerful in England.” the current head of the family maintains a charity and actually lives in British Columbia and Oregon. 8.) Boyle considers “Oxford being Shakespeare” just one of many “monarchical conspiracies” that he lists such as Richard III killing the Princes- a conspiracy the royals after Richard actually ENCOURAGED and didn’t at all suppress, or the Jack the Ripper killings being related to the monarchy which are probably the most debunked of all the Ripper theories as Eddie Albert wasn’t actually in Britain for all the murders, then he lists the “What did Rudolf Hess know?” which is not related to the monarchy at all. 9.) F. Scott Fitzgerald was not an “aspiring dramatist.” He wrote screenplays but always considered himself a novelist. 10.) T.E. Lawrence was not driven from fame he left in a self imposed exile. 11.) Oxford’s thousand pound year annuity was to keep his family out of the poor house because Oxford pissed away his money. 12.) There was no contemporary rumor about Shakespeare spending a thousand pounds a year. 13.) Oxford did not spend his life involved in theatrical or writing activities. He spent far more time and money on clothing, sex, and ill conceived get rich quick schemes. 14.) Oxford was not associated with Christopher Marlowe. The final intimation that Churchill worked to get Howard killed because supposedly Howard was an Oxfordian is ludicrous and frankly libelous. There is literally no evidence aside from three scenes where Howard’s character believes Oxford wrote Shakespeare there’s no evidence he actually was an Oxfordian. For another the Oxfordian theory has never been very popular nor important enough to warrant official sanctioned murder. I already maintain a low bar for Oxfordian books- but this managed to lower my expectations yet farther.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Robert Breeze

    Don't Expect a Biographyh The first half of this book was confusing and all out boring, an argument whether Leslie Howard was Hamlet. The second half is a dull, droll screenplay that takes wide use of the truth. No pictures. Anyone looking for an interesting biography of this fascinating actor should look elsewhere than this disappointment. Don't Expect a Biographyh The first half of this book was confusing and all out boring, an argument whether Leslie Howard was Hamlet. The second half is a dull, droll screenplay that takes wide use of the truth. No pictures. Anyone looking for an interesting biography of this fascinating actor should look elsewhere than this disappointment.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Boland

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lee Skerry

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mary Chambers

  7. 4 out of 5

    Desiree

  8. 4 out of 5

    David Brown

  9. 4 out of 5

    Seven Negen

  10. 4 out of 5

    E.A.C. Klemann

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Smith

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Bentsel

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Richey

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